Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and LeBron James of the Miami Heat have been named the Players of the Month for the month of November.
Durant led the Thunder to a 13-4 record in November. He ranked second in the league averaging 26.5 points per game while shooting 51.0 percent from the field, 43.3 percent from three and 89.3 percent from the free throw line.
Durant also averaged 8.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.7 blocks per game in the month, all of which would be career-highs for him.
LeBron led the Heat to an 11-3 record in November. He averaged 25.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field. LeBron scored at least 20 points in every Heat game for the month.
It’s no surprise that Durant and LeBron come out of the gates looking the frontrunners for the MVP this season. They finished first and second in the MVP voting a season ago and are expected to do pretty much the same thing this season.
Both are putting up very impressive numbers but Durant has made larger strides statistically so far this season than LeBron, who is essentially putting up the same numbers he did a season ago. That kind of improvement is something that will give Durant a chance at beating out LeBron for the MVP this season.
Durant also has a chance to finish the season with shooting percentages 50-40-90 (FG-3PT-FT) which would be extremely impressive for a player that plays the way he does.